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Nebraska Repeals The Death Penalty

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Despite a veto from the state’s Governor, today Nebraska became the latest state to repeal the death penalty. Hopefully, others will follow.

Justice Department Indicts Top FIFA Officials In Corruption And Bribery Scandal

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Several of the top representatives of soccer’s governing body have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in New York.

Cleveland Police Department Reaches Settlement With Justice Department On Abuse Report

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The Cleveland Police Department has agreed to submit to significant monitoring in the wake of a damning Justice Department investigation.

Obama Administration’s Deferred Deportation Plan Suffers Another Legal Setback

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The President’s plan to give deportation relief to millions of illegal immigrants has hit another legal snag.

Supreme Court To Decide Meaning Of “One Person, One Vote”

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The Supreme Court accepted a case that will require the Justices to decide just what it meant when it established the “one person, one vote” rule for drawing legislative districts.

Mike Huckabee v. The Constitution

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Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is continuing his absurd and dangerous war on the Supreme Court.

Cleveland Cop Found Not Guilty In Death Of Two Unarmed Individuals

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A Cleveland police officer has been acquitted of manslaughter and other charges in a case that resulted in the death of two African-American individuals.

Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments Against Police Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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The six Baltimore cops charged in the April death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a Grand Jury.

Federal Judge Bars Enforcement Of Restrictive D.C. Concealed Carry Law

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A Second Amendment victory in the District of Columbia,

Federal Judge Orders ‘Rolling’ Disclosure Of Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails

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Drip, Drip, Drip.

Nebraska Could Be The Next State To Repeal The Death Penalty

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The largely conservative state of Nebraska seems to be on the verge of repealing its law authorizing capital punishment.

Obama Administration To Take Steps To Cut Back On Police Militarization

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President Obama is taking steps to reduce police militarization, but there’s much more that needs to be done.

Lindsey Graham Wants To Kill Americans Without Inconvenience of Trial

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Lindsey Graham says that, if elected president, he would summarily kill anyone thinking about joining ISIS.

Tsarnaev Jurors Were Pro-Death Penalty

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The gang at The Week are surprised that “Only jurors who were open to the death penalty were chosen for the Tsarnaev trial.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

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Final justice, but far from the end of the road.

Hillary Misrepresents Citizen’s United, Says She’ll Demand Promises To Overturn From Nominees

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Hillary Clinton told supporters she’d require Supreme Court nominees to pledge to overturn Citizens United, a decision she completely misrepresented.

House Passes Bill To Restrict N.S.A. Data Mining

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The House has passed a bill that would place real restrictions on the National Security Agency’s data mining program. Now, it moves to the Senate.

University Of Virginia Dean Files Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone

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The first of what is likely to be many defamation suits related to Rolling Stone’s discredited campus rape story has been filed.

House Republicans Pass Unconstitutional, Doomed, Pandering Abortion Bill

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As expected, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill that would ban most abortions after twenty weeks. It also happens to be completely unconstitutional and has no chance of actually becoming law.

House Republicans Set To Sacrifice Limited Government On The Altar Of Abortion Politics

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House Republicans are set to vote on a bill banning abortion in almost all cases after twenty weeks. What they can’t do is explain where the Constitution gives Congress the power to do this.

Judge Rules Woman’s Twins Were Fathered By Two Different Men

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A Judge in New Jersey has ruled that the twin children of a New Jersey woman were in fact fathered by two different men.

Justice Department Opens Investigation of Baltimore Police Department

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The Baltimore Police Department will finally be under the Federal microscope. But it took the death of Freddie Gray for it happen.

Huckabee And Carson: States Can Refuse To Comply With Supreme Court Rulings On Marriage

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Two Republican candidates for President say that Republican elected officials should simply ignore the Supreme Court if it strikes down bans on same-sex marriage.

Appeals Court Rules N.S.A. Data Mining Illegal

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A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the N.S.A.’s data mining program is illegal, but its ruling may not have a very big impact.

There Is No Distinction Between “Freedom Of Speech” And “Hate Speech”

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Some people in the media can’t seem to get it through their heads that speech they consider hateful is entitled to as much protection as speech that they support.

Two Gunmen Killed In Apparent Attempted Attack On Anti-Islam Event In Texas

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Two men were killed last night before they could carry out what appears to be a planned attack on an anti-Islam event in Texas.

Chart: Deaths from Police Shootings

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I do not have a lot to say about the following at the moment, but it is still worth a look (via The Economist):   Yes, one comparative stat is not sufficient to tell the whole story (as was true when I posted on the death penalty and the US in comparative perspective).  I will […]

Two Christie Aides Indicted In Bridgegate Scandal While A Third Pleads Guilty

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Two of Chris Christie’s closest aides were indicted in connection with the Birdgegate scandal today, a third plead guilty, and Christie’s Presidential ambitions are pretty much dead.

Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged In Death Of Freddie Gray

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Big news out of Baltimore and, perhaps, the beginning of justice for Freddie Gray.

Republicans Are Talking About Eliminating Birthright Citizenship Again

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about fundamentally changing what it means to be an American, and it’s a bad idea.

Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Limitations In Judicial Elections

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In a marked departure from recent cases, the Supreme Court rules that states can impose significant restriction on solicitation of campaign contributions in judicial elections.

Same-Sex Marriage Gets Its Day At The Supreme Court

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A sharply divided Court heard argument today on an issue that has sharply divided the nation.

Baltimore: Nonviolence as Nonviolence

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is insightful and eloquent. He’s wrong in this instance.

Baltimore Under Siege

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Just over a week after a death at the hands of police that remains incredibly suspicious, Baltimore is the sight of violent riots.

Once Again, It’s The Eve Of History At The Supreme Court

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Tomorrow promises to be an historic day at the Supreme Court, but it’s been a long legal, political, and social battle.

Ted Cruz And Steve King Are Attacking The Rule Of Law In Defense Of “Traditional Marriage”

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Ted Cruz and Steve King think the Court should be prevented from hearing any case involving same-sex marriage. Because they know they’re losing.

David Petraeus Given Slap on Wrist for Espionage Act Violation

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The former CIA Director received no jail time and a nuisance-level fine in exchange for a guilty plea to espionage charges.

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As 83rd Attorney General Of The United States

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After waiting 166 days since President Obama first appointed her to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States: The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general on Thursday, ending months of acrimonious debate and installing a black woman as […]

Colorado Man Shoots Malfunctioning Computer

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A Colorado Man finally had enough of his malfunctioning Dell: When ctrl + alt + delete doesn’t work, just shoot the darn thing. That’s what one man did on Monday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took the fight with his […]

Supreme Court Limits Ability Of Police To Use Routine Traffic Stops To Search For Drugs

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In a 6-3 vote that defied traditional expectations, the Justices have limited the ability of police to detain people on the side of the road for long periods of time.

FBI Admits Its Forensic Experts Gave False Testimony In Hundreds Of Cases

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An elite FBI Forensics unit gave flawed and false testimony in cases over a period that lasted more than 20 years.

Previewing The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

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On April 28th, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the four cases challenging state law bans on same-sex marriage. As we get closer to that date, there are likely to be many preview pieces about what is obviously the most important case the Court will hear this term. Over at SCOTUSBlog, Lyle Denniston […]

Chris Christie’s Reefer Madness

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When it comes to marijuana policy, Chris Christie is stuck in the past.

Parents Of Youngest Victim Of Boston Marathon Bombing Call For Tsarnaev’s Life To Be Spared

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The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing argue that his killer should be spared from the death penalty.

TSA Officers Allegedly Conspired To Grope “Attractive” Flyers

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TSA abuse stories had kind of disappeared from the news, but they’re back now in a big way.

Aaron Hernandez Convicted Of Murder

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Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was convicted this morning of First Degree Murder in the death Odin Lloyd and will spend the rest of his life in prison: A jury in Fall River, Mass., found Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday after seven days of deliberation. Mr. Hernandez was sentenced by […]

‘Volunteer’ Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Manslaughter In Death Of African-American Suspect

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A volunteer for an Oklahoma Sheriff’s Department killed a suspect thanks to what can only be described as extreme criminal negligence.

America’s Top Law Firms Have Declined To Defend Bans On Same-Sex Marriage

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Many of America’s top law firms have declined to accept cases defending bans on same-sex marriage, and that’s okay.

Tennessee Sacrifices Property Rights On The Altar Of ‘Gun Rights’

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Legislators in Tennessee have taken the “gun rights” argument further than it was ever intended to go.

Majority Of Americans Oppose ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

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A new poll suggests that the American public does not support laws that give religious exemptions to businesses that want to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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